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Dictionary of Horse Terms

Dictionary of Horse Terms

Here are a few basic horse terms that every rider should know: Apple: horse treat which can double as emergency rations for the rider. If you keep the apple, though, prepare yourself for looks of starving accusation from your horse. Bridle: device designed to test the rider’s manual dexterity and problem-solving skills. You must be able to take it apart, clean it, and put it back together without any pieces left over. Double bridle: ditto, except times two. Chaps: a…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the barn The horses were napping, all cozy and warm. The aisles had been swept, the riders gone home To family and loved ones, and eggnog with rum. Curled in her hay nest, the cat softly purred, Then woke with a start, for a sound could be heard. Out in the dark night, louder it swelled, A jingling and tinkling, the music of bells. Then there were hoofbeats, up near the stars….

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Horsefeathers: Tips about Rider Ownership

Horsefeathers: Tips about Rider Ownership

The following piece was written by my first horse, Lancer, when he was eighteen years old. At that point he’d owned three riders during his career, and felt well-positioned to give other horses a few tips about rider ownership. The Selection, Care and Training of the New Rider – by Lancer Spilsbury When you’re shopping for a rider, remember there will be a lot more females to choose from than males. (No one knows why.) The good part is, female…

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